Manchester City remain unbeaten in their quest to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League trophy, and Ilkay Gundogan puts the team’s relentless consistency down to Pep Guardiola’s coaching.
Speaking to Kicker (quotes via ESPN), Gundogan also played down the idea of City being ‘invincible’, believing it would be arrogant, and said it’s more down to hard work on the training pitch.
“I don’t think we regard ourselves as invincible,” the German told Kicker. “That would be arrogant indeed. But we have a coach who sets an example of perfection every single day through his work on the training ground and when addressing the squad.
“We’ve got a broad squad with more than 11 top players. Nobody can rest or be too sure he makes the starting formation. We get enough playing with all the competitions we play in.
“The positive results make every player feel that a lot is possible here. That way we can win several trophies — if we continue like that. And driven by this ambition to win we are one on the pitch and in the dressing room. No matter who plays.”
Gundogan himself has been in productive form, despite not being a regular starter this season, and he is proof of the broad squad he mentioned, able to step in for any of City’s midfielders and perform well.
3⃣ goals and 2⃣ assists in 6⃣ Premier League starts for Ilkay Gündogan this season! pic.twitter.com/eqOiqgtybi
— City Watch (@City_Watch) December 1, 2018